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Fine Motor Skills and Math

Fine motor skills and math abilities in children have been investigated by researchers to determine their associations with one another.

Fine motor skills and math abilities in children have been investigated by researchers to determine their associations with one another. Do fine motor skill abilities effect the development of math skills? Is the development of math skills associated with fine motor skill development? Fine Motor Skills as a Predictor of Math Skills One study examined […]

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Self-Regulation and Math

The researchers concluded that explicit small-group interventions focused on magnitude understanding of fractions, with embedded self-regulation instruction can help improve fraction outcomes and building student's growth mindset, goal setting, planning, and perseverance.

Many students with learning disabilities struggle to learn math concepts.  A recent study on self-regulation and math explored interventions with and without an embedded self-regulation component for teaching third-grade students at risk for mathematics disabilities about fractions. Methodology of the Study on Self-Regulation and Math The lessons on fractions focused on magnitude understanding and word […]

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How Do Visual-Spatial Skills Influence Math Skills?

How do Visual-Spatial Skills Influence Math Skills? Read about the evidence to support how visual-spatial skills predict math abilities in children.

Did you know that a student’s visual-spatial skills influence math skills? Visual-spatial skills provide us with the ability to visually perceive two or more objects in relation to each other and to yourself. Visual spatial relationships are important in everyday tasks. You need to interpret what it means to “stand first in a line”, “sit […]

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Relationship Between Motor Proficiency, Math, and Reading

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published a research review on the relationship between motor proficiency, math, and reading in school-aged children and adolescents.  Previous research indicated that there are positive associations between physical activity, cognition, and academic performance in children. This review investigated which factors influence the relationship between motor proficiency, math, […]

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Interceptive Timing, Eye-Hand Coordination, and Academic Skills in Children

Interceptive Timing, Eye-Hand Coordination, and Academic Skills in Children

Interceptive Timing, Eye-Hand Coordination, and Academic Skills in Children Psychological Science recently published research on interceptive timing, eye-hand coordination, and academic skills in children.  The study collected objective measures of interceptive timing, general motor skills, and national standardized academic attainment from 309 school children ages 5 through 11. What is interceptive timing? Interceptive timing is your sensory […]

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Physical Activity and Math Skills in Elementary School

Physical Activity and Math Skills in Elementary School

Physical Activity and Math Skills in Elementary School The Journal of Physical Activity and Health published research on physical activity and math skills in elementary school. In the study, a group of eighty-five 4th-grade students were randomly assigned to a physically active group or a classroom group.  The physically active group of students participated in […]

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Fine Motor Skills Linked to Numerical Skill Development

Fine Motor Skills Linked to Numerical Skill Development

Fine Motor Skills Linked to Numerical Skill Development When you walk into any preschool classroom, you will observe children using their fingers to count.  Finger counting helps children to represent numbers and later influences the ability to complete arithmetic problems.  The ability to count usually develops side by side with fine motor skill development.  Many […]

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Math, Movement and Motor Skills

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience published research on math, movement and motor skills.  The participants included 165 children, average age 7.5 years old, who were randomized into three groups for 6 weeks of mathematical instruction: a non motor group, a fine motor math group and a gross motor math group.  The gross motor group performed inter-limb […]

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Movement Activities and Math Skills

The school year will be starting shortly for many of us.  Start the school year off with fun, purposeful activities that combine movement with math skills.  Not only will children benefit from the physical activity, moving while learning can help with memory skills, attention and focus.  Here are three fun math activities that can be […]

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Elephant Fine Motor and Counting Game

Print this adorable elephant freebie to encourage fine motor skills and counting. 1. Download and print page 2 of the elephant for each person playing the game. 2. Grab one die and some magnetic chips, colored sticker dots, crayons or play dough. 3. The object of the game is to be the first player to […]